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Night Alarm

Published 1934
Topics drama

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 1:04:00
Producer Larry Darmour
Production Company Beacon Productions Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Bruce Cabot .... Hal Ashby
Judith Allen .... Elizabeth Van Dusen
H.B. Warner .... Henry B. Smith
Sam Hardy .... Editor Stephen Caldwell
Harry Holman .... Mayor Wilson
John Bleifer .... Dr. Alexander Dexter
Tom Hanlon .... Vincent Van Dusen
Betty Blythe .... Helen Smith
Fuzzy Knight .... Dinner Club Comedian


Reviewer: Zee Zelot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2013
Subject: An Alarming good movie
But only 4 stars
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2010
Subject: Yikes!
Good guy gets the girl in the end? Who would have ever thought to stick that in a 30ish movie? How utterly unique.Why it's almost as unique as the gangster calling the leader "Hey Boss".
OK, enough wisecracking.. Alexander Dexter is portrayed very poorly even though there is some good acting and the singing bit was nearly as bad. Either the director thought he was funny or he was sleeping with the producers daughter or something, but the singer has GOT to go. To bad he didn't get caught in the last big fire scene.
What I want to know is why the dumb woman decided to keep climbing stairs in a fire when she could have just as easily gone out the same way everyone else did considering that the 'hero' came in that way. I was impressed with the way the actors looked genuinely terrified of the fire, but hey, stick anyone near a raging fire and tell them to look really scared can't be all that tough to pull off. I know I'd be messing in my pants about that time.
All in all a pretty darn good flick despite the obvious silliness.
Reviewer: Blade_Runner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2010
Subject: Pretty good b-thriller
This movie is pretty good. It gets side tracked too many time from the mystery of who is the firebug. Too much romance plot and a really annoying musical number.

Bruce Cabot is actually really good as the star reporter trying to track the firebug and romance a female co-worker.

The scenes of the buildings burning is done really well.

I think the cuts in this film are actually due to print damage and poor re-splicing.

Otherwise a worthwhile film to see.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2009
Subject: Ho-hum
If nothing else, this movie shows fires and mid-1930s firefighting really well.

I downloaded the 512kb MPEG4 file. The video was heavily pixelated and missing many frames. The audio was OK.
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2006
Subject: Not bad
It's an okay sort of movie.
Very 30s sort of stuff.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2005
Subject: After his newspaper career, he went on to direct ÂHarold and MaudeÂ
Sort of a mix between ÂThe Front Page and ÂBackdraftÂ, ÂNight Alarm focuses on a reporter trying to break away from the gardening desk, to scoop a story about a series of
Fires happening around the city. He blames it all on the big industrialist in the town whoÂs got the mayor and the police captain in his back pocket. Things get even more interesting when the cute girl theyÂve hired to replace him in the gardening beat is actually the industrialistÂs daughter. As the plot unravels, and more fires ensue, you can just imagine how the movie ends, with the industrialistÂs daughter being caught in a fire! Someone has to rescue her! And thatÂs exactly how it ends!
Bruce Cabot is alright here, as the curiously named lead character, Hal Ashby. I mean, how priceless is that? IÂm not sure if Mr. Ashby was doing movies at the time, but thatÂs quite funny. Worth seeing for that alone.
Reviewer: uniQ - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2004
Subject: Of course! It's the weirdo seminsane foriegner!
This is the stereotypical 'big evil dude controls everything BUT... The hero and his organization (Newsppr) BUT... hero loves evil dudes daughter. Evil dude uses daughter to manipulate hero, but evil dude gets his comeuppance in appropriate manner' film.

The only problem is that the film is BADLY cut up in some areas, sigh... Whenever that happens I'm reminded of 'Murder on the Screen'

And the arsonist who causes this mess? 'Alexander Dexter', some BLATANTLY foreign guy... Sigh.

Reviewer: cashel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2004
Subject: perhaps only copy
There is a story in the IMDB website from a previous owner of a copy of the film and he had the same problems as you have stated. I too am disapponted because the director was called the King of the Serials, both silent and sound. He was reowned for his professional methods, so this must be a poor copy of his film
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